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Resources for Community members 

The center for Successful aging has gathered a variety of resources for older adults and their families or caretakers as well as for students of Gerontology. Each resource contains a description of the services provided and is hyperlinked to the service's host site. Select the title of the resource to be redirected to the resource's main website where more information can be found. We encourage you to visit the sites to explore resources not mentioned here.

Recursos para Miembros de la Comunidad

En esta página se encuentran varios recursos diversos para adultos mayores, sus familiares o cuidadores, y estudiantes de Gerontología. Los servicios ofrecidos en español están colocados en la parte inferior de la página. Hemos proveído una breve descripción bajo el título de cada recurso. Para información detallada, seleccione el título del recurso; será usted dirigido a la página principal del servicio donde podrá encontrar información adicional.

 

Community Resources

Resource Database

  • Long Beach Older Adult Resource Database

Linked below is an excel database of resources for older adult and community programs that provide services in the Long Beach area.  The list was compiled as part of the Age-Friendly Long Beach Strategic Planning Process. The list is organized by service category, for example, Caregiver Support, Mental Health, Transportation, and many others.  It is current as of August 2019. Tips on how to navigate the document are included on the first sheet of the file. The document is an excel file so it will require download. 

Database file

University Programs for Older Adults

at Long Beach State is a center within the College of Health and Human Services that offers non-credit classes to adults 50 and older on campus (HSD 101), at Leisure World, on Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach, at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, and at American Goldstar Manor.” Founded in 1996, OLLI’s mission is to provide educational opportunities and social connections to enhance personal development and quality of life for its 1900 and growing membership.”

Email Dr. Barbara White or call OLLI at CSULB at 562.985.8237 

 

is a health and fitness facility for Long Beach community members age 49+ and CSULB employees of all ages. The Center is an educational laboratory for the College of Health and Human Services and aims to promote intergenerational relationships between our members, staff, interns, and CSULB students. 

Email the Director, Ayla Donlin, Ed.D or call the LifeFit center at 562.985.2015 

 

Social Services

is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing service to the frail, elderly, terminally ill and providing compassionate support to grieving families. Over 30 years of experience, Pathways continue to provide ever-increasing services in over a dozen surrounding communities.

Contact: Cindy Skovgard 

 

is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping older adults preserve their independence and comfortable lifestyle, serves as a vital resource for older adults who are interested in learning more about programs, activities, and services in Long Beach. At The Heart of Ida, services such as fall prevention and social engagement programs are offered as a way to reduce social isolation and learn about safe in-home practices. 

Contact: Email Dina Berg or call at 562.570.3548

 

is a non-profit community service for persons unable to prepare adequate meals for themselves because of disability, age or chronic or temporary illness, thus assisting them to remain in their own homes. MOWLB provides home delivery of two nutritionally balanced meals per day at nominal cost and is available to all Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Leisure World Seal Beach residents, regardless of age. 

Contact: 562.439.5000

 

JFCS is an independent non-sectarian organization that strives to provide affordable services and support for the communities of Long Beach and West Orange County. As noted on their website "Our services are offered to older adults regardless of their religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.  Those who care for older adults may also find many of our services to be extremely helpful and a great comfort to them as they balance their own lives with the needs of their loved one". The services offered include but are not limited to: 

  • Counseling for the Challenges of Aging 
  • Information and resource referral for in-home care and other services
  • Case Management

For a full list of services, please visit the JFCS website linked in the title above. Besides the services offered for older adults, JFCS also offers a variety of services for individuals, families, and children. Detailed information can be found on their website. 

 Contact: Email JFCS or call 562.427.7916
 

Connected LB Digital Access platform has been establish to assist community members in attaining low cost acces to computer literacy training, internet services, and computers. Visit the everyoneOn website to find low cost internet services and computers in your area. 

Connected LB Platform (PDF)

 

Government and Advocacy

under the Department of Health and Human Services and in partnership with Parks, Recreation & Marine, works to bring together local area agencies to strengthen structures, services and programs that are inclusive of older adults, promote an online database platform to raise awareness of existing services in the Long Beach area, identify work to streamline referrals, enhance service coordination and identify common goals across existing efforts to strengthen the capacity of the City and its partners to meet the varying needs, capacities and interest of older adults.

Contact: Email Mercedes Perezchica

 
 

a non-profit organization that advocates for social and economic justice, a clean sustainable environment, and quality health care for all, provides education and advocacy for older adults. Focusing on ensuring a quality life and services for older adults, the Long Beach Gray Panthers are committed to collaborating with community partners such as the California Alliance for Retired Americans and local legislators. in order to advocate for legislation that will support the needs of older adults.

Contact: Email Myron Wollin, President  or call 562.353.7015 | Facebook

 

Senior Centers

and five satellite senior centers are operated by the City of Long Beach and the Department of Parks Recreation and Marine and offer activities and services tailored to the interests and needs of adults age 50 and over. Additionally, there are other facilities that offer senior activities and classes.

Contact: 562.570.3533 or 562.570.3534

 

formed a senior services planning committee to explore how our organization can better serve LGBTQ older adults in our community. As part of this exploratory process, The Center is proud to announce that it has launched several new programs to reach those seasoned members of our community.

Contact: Email Dominique Hernandez 

 

is a place for older adults to socialize, participate in educational programs, receive human services and enjoy recreational activities. Designed to meet the special needs of the city's growing senior population, age 50 and older, the Wellness Center strives to provide adults with the tools to manage and maintain optimum health. 

Contact Kit Katz or call 562.235.8724 for information about classes

 

in Long Beach provides a  comfortable, safe space for seniors to create friendships while enjoying free events such as bingo evenings, comedy shows, and cooking classes. The center also provides volunteer opportunities for older adults; for more information contact Jeannine at the number provided.

Contact: Email Sergio Garcia  or call 562.247.3539

 

Community Engagement 

  • Early-Stage Walking Tours, Alzheimer's Association 

The Southland Chapter of The Alzheimer's Association hosts walking tours of local attractions for those living with early-stage Alzheimer's. The tours provide great opportunities for social engagement and connection! For more information or to register, please contact Yael Wyte, MSW or call 323.486.6632. View the original event flyer (PDF).

The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine division offers a variety of classes for a diverse range of community members. They offer several Adult classes as well as Adult 50+ classes. For more specific information about classes, please click on the title of this resource; you will be redirected to the "Classes" website. Here you can view the full list of classes and register online. 

- early to mid-stage  

Led by Jon Shaeffer  

 

Through personalized activity programming, participants are allowed the opportunity to engage in stimulating activities and build meaningful friendships while family caregivers are offered deserved support and respite. 

 

 

Caregiver Resources

Support Groups

Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving (formerly Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center) 

"Our mission is to help families and communities master the challenges of caring for older adults with brain impairing conditions and/or adults with multiple health concerns." 


USC School of Gerontology 
3715 McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089 

 

Contact: Email or call the center at 855.872.6060 

 

Visit their Twitter & Facebook pages 

                        

located at the USC School of Gerontology, 3715 McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089, sponsors a support group on the 4th Thursday of every month. 

Contact Facilitators Yvonne Kuo at 213.821.6919  or  Gisele Silva at 213.821.3586 

 

located at (3801 E. Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90815) offers a Caregiver Support Group, free of charge, twice monthly (2nd and 4th Thursdays of the Month from 5:00-6:30 pm).

Many attendees are currently supporting older adult family members.  

If interested, please call The number provided for updated information before attending.  

 

Contact:  562.427.7916

 

offers a variety of support services for caregivers.

For more information call the VA Caregiver Support Line at 855.260.3274

 

The Alzheimer's Association holds various support groups for any persons affected by Alzheimer's disease. The southland chapter holds an in-person support group in Long Beach, on the 4th Thursday of each month, 6-7:30 pm @Palo Verde Avenue Christian Church. For more information, please call Kevin Bigelow at 714.227.2194.  In-person support groups are also held in several neighboring cities. Click on the title of this message to visit their events website where you can find a group near you. 

The chapter also holds a telephone support group on the first Monday of every month, 1-2:30 pm. To participate in the telephone support group, RSVP at 800.272.3900. 

Support can also be found on their Online web forum ALZConnected®. ALZConnected is a free online community message board service where everyone affected by Alzheimer's or another form of dementia can ask questions, get advice, and find support. 

 

General resources

AARP developed this resource guide with caregivers in mind as a starting point to help locate the services for support and need throughout the caregiving journey. The resource guide can assist in the following ways: 

 

- Help you get the type of assistance you need. This directory lists many government and nonprofit resources, which you can access both in-person and online. 

Help you connect with others. You’ll discover, if you have not already, that you’re a part of a community of caregivers and caregiver supporters. You are truly not alone.

- Help take care of yourself. This is is vitally important but something that many caregivers often overlook. The act of caregiving can take a physical and mental toll on the caregiver. So, it’s important that you make self-care a top priority."  

LA Caregiver Resource Guide (PDF)

 

 

 

SCAN Healthplan has provided a series of information, tips, and resources for caregivers and family members. 

 
 

Books

  •  To Survive Caregiving

"Dr. Woodson shares her experience as a daughter and geriatrician in this new resource for family caregivers. The book shoots from the hip and from the heart, using everyday language, real caregiver stories, compassion and humor to bring practical information to overwhelmed caregivers. Although it focuses on elder care, the book helps with caregiving for any age, or any illness. This guide encourages caregivers to protect their own health, finances, and relationships while they make the tough decisions and give great care."

Book Details

  •  Caregiving Full-Time and Working Full-time

"Alzheimer’s-related caregiving duties present expected and unexpected costs for full-time employed caregivers, employers, and society. Research indicates that caregivers provide more than forty hours per week, caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease. The dual responsibilities and pressures of caregiving while remaining active in the general workforce may cause stress and loss of productivity at work. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses in the patient, a caregiver is less likely to engage in more challenging workplace activities or accept additional roles of responsibility, promotions, or relocation opportunities. Just as the employed caregiver takes on a dual role when providing care for Alzheimer’s patients, Alzheimer’s disease plays a dual role in depleting the life of both the patient and the caregiver. This book explores some of the challenges related to the dual roles of a working caregiver and the demands faced by caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease."

Student Resources

Research Networks

GSA is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging dedicated to the promotion of the study of aging and dissemination of information to scientists, policy decision-makers, and the general public.  Sections and interest groups span basic biological research to clinical to behavioral and social research, humanities and policy. The association sponsors an annual conference and six academic journal publications and numerous newsletters on developments in aging.

 

ASA is a multidisciplinary association with membership comprised of more than 5,000 practitioners, educators, administrators, and other leaders in the field.  The association sponsors an annual conference and diverse publications on developments in aging.

 

AAGE was established in 1978 as a multidisciplinary group dedicated to the exploration and understanding of aging across the diversity of human cultures with holistic, comparative, and international. AAGE sponsors numerous mentoring opportunities, as well as, scholarships for students. Anthropology & Aging (formerly Anthropology & Aging Quarterly) is the official publication of AAGE and is published as a full-fledged digital journal.

 

AAIC® is the Alzheimer’s Association annual international conference, with opportunities to present, network and learn from the scientists and policymakers dedicated to advancing dementia science.

 

 

Servicios en Espanol

Grupos de Apoyo

El USC Centro para el Apoyo a Cuidadores proporciona un grupo de apoyo completamente telefónico donde participantes podrán compartir sus historias, experiencias, y emociones en confidencia y desde la comodidad de sus propias casas. El grupo de apoyo telefónico se lleva a cabo el cuarto jueves de cada mes (6:00-7:30 p.m.) y está abierto a todos aquellos que sean cuidadores de un familiar. Para más información o para obtener información sobre los detalles confidenciales de la llamada, contacte a Alejandra Rojas, facilitadora del grupo de apoyo, al 213.740.3953 . Visite la página de eventos del Centro para más información sobre este y otros recursos.

 

El USC Centro para el Apoyo a Cuidadores los invita a reunirse para compartir sus emociones, crear amistades, y discutir soluciones para los problemas comunes relacionados con el cuidado de un familiar. El grupo se reúne el primer jueves de cada mes en la ciudad de Santa Fe Springs (1:00-2:30pm). Para más información sobre el sitio de reunión, visite la página web etiquetada en el título de este mensaje. Favor de contactar a Lucila Torres, facilitadora del grupo de apoyo, al 213.821.3107 si tiene cualquier pregunta sobre la reunión.

 

 El Capítulo Southland de la Asociación de Alzheimer's proporciono un grupo de apoyo telefónico completamente en español. El grupo se lleva a cabo el cuarto Martes del Mes, 1 - 2:30 pm. Para más información sobre como participar, contacte a Milagros Chumpitaz,MSW al 909.406.5349 o escríbale a el correo electronico.

 

Recursos Generales

El sitio Web del AARP contiene mucha información beneficiosa sobre el cuidado de Adultos mayores y programas de asistencia en las comunidades de Los Ángeles.

La división de Parques, recreación, y vida Marina de la ciudad de Long Beach ofrece una variedad de clases para Adultos mayores; específicamente adultos de edad 50+. Para recibir una lista de clases en español, contacte a Jane Grobaty al (562) 570-3232. Si gusta registrarse a clases en español, marque a la oficina de reservación al (562) 570-3111.

La plataforma Connected LB Digital Access se ha establecido para ayudar a los residentes de Long Beach a obtener acceso de bajo costo a cursos de computación, servicios de internet y computadoras. Visite el sitio web de everyoneOn para localisar servicios technologicos en su área.

Folleto de ConnectedLB (PDF)

 

 


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